Bryant talks to members of the 1985 Chicago Bears team and Cris Collinsworth.
A devastating avalanche killed 13 Sherpa workers on Mount Everest last year, marking the worst tragedy in the mountain's history. With expeditions to the top of Everest more popular today than ever before, and no government oversight of the western companies that promise a luxurious adventure on the world's highest summit, some observers felt such a disaster was all but inevitable. Lauded for their climbing skills, the Sherpas are a Nepalese ethnic group who fulfill climbers' needs, literally carrying a load that includes ropes, ladders, oxygen, food and even heated tents. The Sherpas are biologically acclimatized to the altitude like no other people in the world, but are only compensated around $5,000 per climbing season.
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The stakes are high when a college athlete suffers a serious injury and a possible pro career hangs in the balance. Injuries sustained on the field can not only leave devastating scars and require years of painful rehabilitation, but also create mounds of debt that become the athlete's legacy lfong after the headlines fade.
Correspondent Bernard Goldberg meets with numerous former college student-athletes who endured massive injuries and discovers that once players are no longer at school, they're typically on their own to pay medical bills and support their debilitated bodies. He speaks to players from the University of Washington, University of Oklahoma, Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University, who document financial difficulties stemming from medical expenses and the lack of earning potential resulting from injuries suffered while representing their colleges.
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Captain Comeback - After his bumpy departure from the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh left the Bay Area with many questions unanswered. Now settled in as head football coach at the University of Michigan.
Man in the Middle - hen you toss the biggest interception in Super Bowl history, how do you cope? REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel travels to San Diego, where Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks' superstar quarterback, spends the offseason to speak with him about that ill-fated play.
Big League Chew - When baseball great Tony Gwynn died last summer from salivary gland cancer at age 54, smokeless tobacco in Major League Baseball became a hot topic yet again. It's estimated that a third of MLB players chew or dip smokeless tobacco - a number new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would like to see reduced to zero.
In Harm's Way - For the United States military, good physical fitness is about more than looking and feeling good. It can also determine career trajectory and save a life in various situations, including combat.
Erik Weihenmayer - Erik has scaled the Seven Summits, somersaulted out of airplanes and scrambled up 2,000 foot icefalls like Canada's Polar Circus. Now he's taking on what he calls the greatest challenge of his life, an almost 300-mile solo kayak trip down the Colorado River through some of North America's most violent rapids.
Ronda Rousey - In 2013, REAL SPORTS profiled a rising Ronda Rousey, weeks before she became the first female fighter to headline a major UFC event. Since then, she has become one of the most famous female athletes in the world.
Bryant Gumbel and a heralded team of correspondents, including Bernard Goldberg, Andrea Kremer, Mary Carillo, Frank Deford and Jon Frankel, gets viewers closest to the hottest stories in the business.